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Four wheeled safari into the desert.
Collected from your hotel in a large four wheeled drive land cruiser and taken into the desert for some real dune running experience.
A 30 minute trip or so over some of the strangest landscape you can imagine. This is usually followed by a desert barbeque (with henna tatooing, shisha pipes) and the obligatory camel rides and belly dancing. Great late afternoon entertainment for all the family.
Water Park with something for all of the family. Crazy rides all based around Arabian theme. Pleasant day away from the beaches and safe. Try your hand at Surfing. Good location and a fun day.
Gold, gold and more gold.
Rings, watches, bracelets, earrings necklaces whatever floats your boat in gold.
Remember haggle on the price.
This is a great location and the prices are resonable. Beware there is a gold and diamond park out by the Mall of the Emirates that they try and get you to visit. The prices are not as competitive.
Snow board, ski or tobogan in this purpose built ski dome.
Well worth a visit just to experience the heat and then the cold. Essential you book if you want lessons or piste access.
Shame the snow is artificial cos you can't make snowmen!
Good afternoon entertainment and the kids love it.
Hotel full of gold and gourdy colours but a symbol for Dubai.
Afternoon tea (about Â£30 per person) is a great way to be pampered for a few hours. Its not everyones idea of something to do but the rich and infamous enjoy it.
Good excuse to dress up and feel like a star.
Great scones too!!
Located on the main Abu Dhabi road and next to Ski Dubai.
Shoppers paradise with household names a plenty. Resonable prices but its a shoping mall so don't expect too much. Great to visit when you want to escape the heat.
Cinema complex attached so morning shopping, afternoon at Ski Dubai and evening at the cinema. A whole day.
Many people say that driving is bad in the UAE and it is, but no worse than most otehr countries. Cars are cheap to rent and fuel is cheaper still.
If your on a short visit and staying 'in the city' then taxis are the best way to get around but a car gives you freedom to visit the neighbouring emirates.
Take a trip down to Abu Dhabi (the UAE capital) its about an hour away but a pleasant change from the high rise developments of Dubai. The road systems are quite easy to understand (with a good map free from Tourist information) but drining in the city streets can be daunting so be aware.
Yes a bistro, coffee house, meeting place with the same name. Don't expect to see Joey and the crew but the food is good and the prices very good. It's located just off Jumierah Beach Road and a great place to relax and chill.....or meet Friends!
After haggling at the Gold Souq and the kids moaning they are thirsty and fed up then what better way to amuse them than ice skating.
The indoor rink is a few minutes away from the Gold Souq and while the kids skate for an hour you can sit drink coffee and relax.
For all the expats, and UK (and Irish) visitors then the Irish Village is a little bit of home in the sun. Nestled underneath the Dubai Tennis Stadium is abar that serves good food and good beer. After a day trekking aroung Dubai in the heat it's a great place to unwind and eat. Kids are welcome until about 8.30pm.